Blue Moon Blog Tour Stop 2 #bluemoon #hollowaypack

Welcome to another stop on J. A. Belfield’s Blue Moon tour!  Blue Moon is the second installment of the Holloway Pack series.

Today we’re joining Liam Kane from the Lila Gray series as he meets up with Sean from the Holloway Pack series to commiserate.

Sean waves from the the least crowded corner of the bar. I nod, wade through the masses and sit down at a leather stool beside him. He’s already ordered me a beer, apparently, because the burly bartender plunks it down in front of me. “Hey, man, long time no see. Been one hell of a year.” Since Sean’s a werewolf, hearing me over the roaring chatter won’t be a problem. I lift my beer in thanks and take a swig as Sean grins and nods. “I swear these authors enjoy screwing us over.”

“Sounds like you’re having a crap time of it,” Sean says. “Though I’d be lying if I said I’ve been having a ball myself.”

“Oh yeah?  What’s that Belfield chick been up to now?  Drop a herd of demons in your lap or something?”

“You know, demons I could probably deal with. A good fight solves a lot. But how’s a wolf to deal when what he’s made to face is something he isn’t comfortable using force against?” He shakes his head and takes a swig of his beer. “Worst enemy ever is one you can’t hit.” 

“Hell, ask Lila about that sometime.”  I laugh and down another swig of my beer.  “I know exactly what you mean.  Jem kick some ass again?”

“Yeah …” He smiles, a faint expression. “You could say that.” He taps his bottle on the bar. “You know, one half of me feels so in awe of her strengths. But the other half wishes she’d just quit with the heroics and tuck herself somewhere safe whilst she lets me take care of her. Though, I guess, if she behaved that way … she wouldn’t be Jem. You know what I’m saying?”

“Christ, amen on the heroics.  I swear it rips me up every time Lila walks out the door.”  I chuckle and brace myself for a pounding.  “So … heard your buddy Josh has a little thing for Jem.  How’s that working out?”

“A thing?” He laughs and shakes his head. “Nah. Just Josh being Josh. And just Jem smelling like the sweetest deal the pack has ever smelled. Add into that the fact she adores him in return.” He tips his bottle in my direction. “Folk who see more than that? It’s just because they’re ignorant to the pack way of life.”

I laugh.  “Relax, man.  I’m just yanking your chain.  Josh reminds me of a certain captain of mine, a good kid.”  I drain my drink and lean an elbow on the bar.  “So, is Belfield through with you yet?  Or is she threatening to throw you to the ‘wolves’ again so to speak?”

“No idea, man. Who the hell knows what that female has up her sleeve? But all this talk about my maker is enough to clog a thirst in my throat.” He downs the rest of his drink and jerks his chin my way whilst signaling to the barman. “You game?”

I clink my bottle against his.  “Hell yeah.  Let’s enjoy the calm between the book storms while it lasts.”

Hmm, I get the feeling our boys are a wee bit upset with us.  *cringes*  Hopefully they’ll still be talking to us after the next books come out.  🙂

Back of the Book:

Someone is watching the Holloway pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.

Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert?
 
The pack’s latest addition. Both of them.
 
None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake.
 
Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.

The question is … What?
 
As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.

A woman who believes she can’t lose.

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About J. A. Belfield:

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

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Cover Reveal – Resonance by J. A. Belfield

The Holloway Pack is returning for another enticing tale starring Jem Stonehouse.  I’m excited to be part of the worldwide network that will be sharing this lovely with you today.  Check out the pretty!

Resonance

A Holloway Pack Story #2.5

by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban FantasyWerewolf

Back of the Book

Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it. 

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.

Other Books in this series include:
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#.5)
Darkness & Light (#1)
Blue Moon (#2) (Coming December 3, 2012)

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Find out what kind of superhero J.A. Belfield would be #meettheauthor

It is my great pleasure to embarrass … er, I mean interview, J. A. Belfield, author of the Holloway Pack series of books, on the blogzilla today.

Welcome to Canada, darlin’!  Let’s get started, shall we?

What’s your favorite paragraph from Eternal and why?  No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

Only one? Oh lordy! And no spoilers? Hmmm, okay, the following is my favourite because it’s such an awesome description of Sean; here you go:

Tearing my gaze from the seeping liquid, I studied the power in his body, evident in each and every movement he made, no matter how minute. From his dark mop of hair, across his muscular back, all the way down his defined legs to the tips of his toes, strength and might dominated Sean’s body like a tailored uniform. I would never feel anything but safe whilst beside him.

Excuse me while I strain to see him in my mind’s eye ::squints:: oh yeah, nice, indeed.  Where did Sean come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Sean Holloway is one of those character’s, who bounce into your mind like a deranged Space Hopper, leaving you no choice but to pay attention. He’s 100% unlike anyone I know in real life. He’s tall, he’s dark, he’s (very) handsome, he’s totally buff, he’s better at giving orders than taking them although, in all honesty, his compliance depends on what’s at stake, and he is utterly in love with his mate, Jem.

Space Hopper?  *snort*  Love it.  Those are the best kind of characters, the new and amazing ones.  What scared you most as a child?

Werewolves, oddly enough. I used to dream about a werewolf named Sid—a recurring nightmare that woke me up so consistently, I can still recall the exact sequence of the dream over thirty years later.

Really?  I’m not sure I knew anything about werewolves as a kid.  Sheltered life, I guess.  I only knew of the mundane kind.  🙂  Has your fear changed as an adult?

Heh, yeah, you could say that. I mean, I do still dream of werewolves, but they’re no longer nightmares. 😉

Oh, do tell!  Well, I guess you already do in your books, so get reading, people!  🙂  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future? 

Yep, for sure. I have big plans for the Holloway Pack.

Can you tell us about them?

Ah, now that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Well, it’s safe to say that Blue Moon: Holloway Pack 2 is coming out in December 2012. Just as it’s safe to say Caged: Holloway Pack 3 is totally and utterly Ethan Holloway Heaven. However, as far as Caged’s release date is concerned, I’m keeping that info close to my chest for now. I’ll also be keeping mum for a while about the narrator’s for the 4th, 5th & 6th Holloway Pack novels.

Oh, you tease!  Well, I guess the others will tide me over until I can get my hands on Ethan … um … I mean Caged. 

There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack. 

Have you been spying on me? 😉

I’ll never tell, now spill it; Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Honestly, it depends on the time of year. If it’s hot enough, I’m all about the buff; if it’s freezing, I’m all about the fleece. Luckily, Mr B’s smitten whatever my attire.

Oh, a buff girl, huh?  Right on.  Does Mr. B. know how lucky he is?  😉 

What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

I was actually the kind that sort of didn’t fit anywhere and so stuck with the middle-of-the-road’s so as to be less conspicuous. You see, you have those at the top of the totem pole, the ones who followed the fashions, who the hot boys ogled, who nobody cared if they were as dense as a roiling smog because their golden hair and ample chest made up for that …; then there were the ones way at the bottom of the pole: the ones who were either too geeky for the geeks or had peculiar quirks or speech impediments or their glasses were too thick or their trousers too short or … you get the picture?; then somewhere in between those two lots were the not-so-noticeables.  That’s about where I was. Not cool enough and not freaky enough to be noticed. However, I did borderline on the freakiness because I was always acting the fool, and sometimes even my ‘regular’ friends would look at me like I’d grown two heads.

Strange, you just described me, as well.  I wonder how many of us authors fit into that category?  That’d be an interesting study.  Anyhow, onward!  If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

Ha! First answer that sprang to mind was: X-ray vision, baby! Because there are plenty of ‘things’ I’d be eyeing for sure, with that power.

But then, I realized there were also plenty of ‘things’ I reeeaaally wouldn’t want to have the ability to eye and so the excitement over that headed south at a rapid speed.

So … I’d have to say, my superhero ability would be flying. Because I’ve flown in my sleep and, trust me, it totally rocks!

Oh, yeah.  ::shivers::  Yes, I definitely would not want to see what some people have under their clothes.  Yikes.  Flying would definitely be cool, though, except I’m afraid of heights.

If you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be?  What would you say to him or her?  Or do with, if you’re more adventurous 😉

Is it wrong of me to say one of my own characters and go for Ethan Holloway? <<Absolutely not!

I’d make him invite me to dinner and have him cook the meal, just so I could listen to him tell me he’s the best cook he knows whilst grumbling over the fact he’s ended up cooking again. And then, pure bliss would follow. Because he’d be too busy stuffing his own face to grouch and pop out his amusing-to-him-only banter, and I’d get to fully appreciate the beauty of the man in peace. 😉

He’d make my list, too, as he’s just so yum-terrific.  And so … so … Ethan.  For those of you who have read any of the Holloway Pack series, you’ll know what I mean.  If you haven’t, there’s no time like the present.

Eternal, A Holloway Pack Prequel, will be released July 2, 2012

Check out this amazing cover:

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf

Back of the Book:

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds heresay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.

It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

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{Cover Reveal} Blue Moon by J. A. Belfield

For lovers of the Holloway Pack series of books by J. A. Belfield, I have a special treat for you today!  Book number 2, Blue Moon, will be coming out in December of this year, and I get to share the cover with you!

Check it out.  Isn’t it pretty?

Blue Moon
A Holloway Pack Story #2
by J.A. Belfield
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Werewolf

Back of the Book

Someone is watching the Holloway pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.

Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert?

The pack’s latest addition. Both of them.

None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake.

Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.

The question is … What?

As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.

A woman who believes she can’t lose.
URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/18

Previous Books in this series include:
Darkness & Light (#1)
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#0.5)

So, what do you think?  Would this little beauty draw your eye to the shelf and make you pick it up to read the back?

{Book Review} Instinct by J.A. Belfield

Yes!

I finally found time to read Instinct.  Like a ravenous reading beast, I devour pretty much any story J. A. Belfield writes, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this little lovely.  As usual, she did not disappoint me.  Five of these little babies from me ☆☆☆☆☆, deserving of every single one.

Let’s start off with the beautiful cover and the blurb, shall we?

Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her.

When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.

The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.

That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.

In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.

Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?

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First off I have to say I LOVE this cover.  The colors and lighting are eye-catching enough, but then I noticed the subtle detail of Sean’s shadow taking the shape of a wolf.  Very creative and fitting, and the whole flavor of the couple’s attire matches the story to perfection.  Bravo again, J. Taylor!

This story is from Sean’s perspective, the hero from Darkness & Light.  Here, we see him in a previous life where he’s trolling the marketplace for his latest female delicacy to have as an afternoon carnal snack, enjoying a different one each week.  He’s a bit of a naughty one, that Sean, until a chance encounter brings him upon Gem, a blonde enticement that raises his mind from his trousers to the worthy woman she is.  She’s stubborn and has heard of Mr. Holloway and his adventures under women’s petticoats, so she isn’t as easy to win over as Sean might like.

Her scent, beauty and the bold way about her make sure he doesn’t give in, trying as hard to win her as she tries not to be won.  Destiny, it would seem, has other ideas.  Not that it’s easy by any stretch.  Between the rules of his pack and Gem’s mother, a talented witch who dislikes werewolves, the path they walk is a hard one.  One very enjoyable for the reader to be tugged along the emotional roller coaster Sean finds himself on.

Although this is a short read, it’s packed with intrigue and emotion, and woven together like silk threads, creating a story so smooth and captivating you’ll want to curl up on the sofa and read it again and again.

        

3 must-read series’ to ask Santa for #giveaway

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by on your tour around the Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop.  I know I’m always looking for some recommendations for great urban fantasy and paranormal romance reads, so I thought I’d share some recent finds I thoroughly enjoyed.  You can take them off to the nearest mall and whisper them into Santa’s ear.  I’ve already made my list.  Have you?

Maybe I can put something a little extra in your stocking this year.  Click the logo above to continue along the tour and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

I’m going to give away the following to one lucky commenter:

An eBook copy of

The Glass Man

Into the Unknown

AND an Advanced Reader’s copy of my new novella, Touch of Frost

What do you have to do to win?

Just leave me a comment at the bottom of this post recommending your favorite UF or PNR book or series before 7pm on December 27th.  I’ll choose a poster at random and post the winner on December 28th.  Don’t forget to leave me a way to reach you (email, twitter account, facebook account, etc.)

Here are my top 3 must-read series for the PNR & UF lovers

3.  Demonica Series by Larissa Ione – Steam rating – 4/5

The covers of this series aren’t very imaginative (though quite identifiable), but the content within is unique and held me rapt book after book.

This series centers around a hospital for demons, Underground General, starring mainly the three seminus demon brothers, Eidolon the doctor, Shade the finder of things and heavy-hitter of the bunch, and Wraith, the vampire, all three incubus’s and faced with nearly impossible relationships.

I love the relationship between these three leading men, each starring in their own book in the series, along with their half brother & sister, Lore & Sin later on.  The fights they get into would scare you skinny, but Ione does a great job of showing their deep-rooted affection for one another when things go awry and they lean on the others for support.

The sex scenes are descriptive enough to be satisfying, but not so raunchy as to offend those of us with more delicate tastes in that department.  As each of these tasty men meet the loves of their lives, we see their struggle with what they are and the relationship they want–always with a price attached.  If I’ve come near the end of the book and I’m still squirming in my seat, I call it a keeper.  The endings are short and sweet, and often set up a little something for the next book in the series.  Definitely on my have-ta-read list.

2.  Mercedes Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs – Steam rating 1/5

Mercy Thompson is a VW mechanic, not your typical profession for a heroine.  I loved it.  She’s also a walker, a coyote shifter different from other types of shifters and werewolves because she can transform instantly and holds a little magic from her native heritage.

This series has lots of action and excitement, as well as some romance and suspense.  She lives in a trailer and the alpha of the local werewolf pack is her back yard neighbor, whom she pisses off by putting a junky looking VW bug between their houses.  You see, Adam is a bit of a neat freak and a control freak, but because she’s not part of the pack, nor is she defying him outright, he can’t do much about it.  It sets off their relationship on a very interesting and tension-filled path.

Add in a sexy ex-boyfriend who somehow manages to become her room mate, a yummy vampire who may or may not have a romantic interest in her, and the heat continues throughout the books.  I was a little disappointed that all of the sex takes place off camera, but it didn’t detract enough to affect my enjoyment of the series.

1.  Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews – Steam rating 4/5

I’m not big on the covers for this series, but what I found within gave me immense enjoyment.  I’ve always loved a post-apocalyptic sort of setting, and this one delivered quite a unique one.  Magic has destroyed a lot of the world.  When it flares, it knocks out all electronic devices and leaves everything dark except for the fae lanterns that come on for safety.

Kate is … well, I’m not really sure we learned exactly what she is, only that her father is powerful and she has to remove any traces of her blood she may leave.  If dear daddy finds her through the magic in her blood, she’d be in trouble.

The icing on this intriguing cake is Curran, the lion shifter beast lord.  He’s scary as hell and yummy enough to star in a fantasy or two, especially when he challenges Kate to a bet (which she loses) and the penalty is for her to serve him supper … naked.  Ha!  The tension between these two picks up heat in book two as Kate is dragged more and more into shifter business and other disasters that affect the beast lord enough he jumps in to help.  I can’t wait for the next one of this series to come out.

I’ve given you my favorites, now don’t forget to leave yours in the comments below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Be well.

Love lots.

Smile often.

Happy release day! #IntoTheUnknown

Happy release day to my fellow authors, J. A. Belfield and Aimee Laine.  Our collective short stories release today with J. Taylor Publishing in the Into the Unknown anthology.

Woo hoo!  I can’t believe it’s December 1st already.  All year it seemed like October took a million years to arrive for the release of my debut novel, and now Liam Kane (Hero from The Glass Man) is starring in his own little short from his perspective.

After being inside Lila’s head for so long, it took some serious brain twisting to get into Liam’s head and voice.  After a few drafts, I finally managed it.  I think.  I’ll let you be the judge.

Here’s the blurb:

Three men never expected love to wreak so much havoc in their lives.

In Marked, Darkness & Light’s Sean Holloway is on a mission—to find the perfect gift for the woman of his dreams. When all conventional choices turn out to be the wrong ones, each failed attempt convinces Sean his self-imposed task is impossible. But in the world of the Holloway Pack, anything is possible if it can be kept a secret.

In Misguided, Little White Lies’s Wyatt Moreland is hot on the trail of a wanted man when a rumor about his fiancée halts his progress. His desire to keep her safe wars with her need to be involved in his work and could derail their entire wedding unless he finds out the truth before she does.

In Tempted, The Glass Man’s Liam Kane made a promise to the fae he loves never to use his power to harm others. When a horrific event angers him, the energy boiling inside seduces him into walking a dark path. He has but one choice: resist his own nature or give up the one he loves.

Will the three men make the right choices? Or will their actions destroy their futures with the women they love?

For anyone who loves paranormal romance and urban fantasy, this is a great taste of three different worlds, three different writing styles and three wonderful love stories.  It also includes the first chapters from J. A. Belfield’s Darkness & Light, Aimee Laine’s Little White Lies, and The Glass Man.

 

To kick off the release, J. Taylor Publishing is hosting a terrific giveaway.  Click here to check it out.